New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 156, No. 250 16 pages, 2 sections
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Woman who manufactured meth at home could face life in prisión
A deer rests Wednesday in the front yard of a home along Mission Drive while others graze nearby.Overpopulation and malnutrition cm
By Chris Cobb
The owner of a Bulverde methamphetamine lab could spend the rest of her life behind bars.
Colleen Ryan's sentencing hearing began Wednesday in Comal County District Court after the 50-year-old pleaded guilty earlier this week to manufacturing meth at her rural home off Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 1863 in late 2007.
Her punishment could range anywhere from probation to 99 years, or life in prison, for the first-degree felony count of manufacturing between four and 500
grams of a controlled substance, according to the Comal County District Attorney's OfRce.
Ryan took the stand to plea for leniency Wednesday fmm District Court ludge Gary Steel.
"I have no conscious desire to use drugs or associate with people that do, " said Ryan, who was also charged for possessing heroin at the time of her arrest. "This is my last
See HEARING, Page 9A
Residents worried that deer living in New Braunfels are starving could be right.
The severity and length of the drought throughout south central Texas has contributed to a decline in the food supply, and residents are noticing the effects.
"The/re getting so much thinner and thdr coats are matted," said Judi Bailey, who keeps a close eye on a herd of nearly 20 deer that regularly visit her residence off Wood Road. "There is a mature fawn that is still nursing."
However, the drought is far from the only reason urban deer populations are suffering, according to Greg Creacy, a natural resources coordi-
"They're getting so much thinner and their coats are matted."
- Judi Bailey
WMches a herd of nearly 20 deer near her house off of Wood Road.
nator with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
"Urban areas provide a reliable source of food year-round," he said. "This leads to an uimatural concentration of deer in one area and you're going to see the overall health of the herds decline as they are much more prone to the transmission of disease and a decline in nutrition."
In addition, fawns do not have many predators in urban areas. This leads to overpopulation in the herds.
followed by "die-oflfe," where a percentage of the population dies from starvation. This continues until the herd has been reduced to a size the available food supply is able to support.
This is a namral process - but one that can be worsened by human intervention in the form of providing more food for the deer.
What many residents do not realize, Creacy said, is that feeding deer is precisely the wrong thing to do. This exacerbates the problem two-fold: more deer are attracted to the area and, once there, travel shorter distances to find food, he said.
"What we've found is that in residential areas where residents are feeding deer, they really become con-
See DEER, Page 9A
Arrests made in Canyon High arson investigation
Five high school students were arrested Tuesday for their suspected involvement in two burglaries of Canyon High School between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8.
TVvo 16 year olds and two 15 year olds, all male, were arrested by investigators on charges of at least one count of burglary of a building, which is a state jail felony.
The only person who is not a minor in this case, Adam Beers, 18, of New Braunfels, was arrested on charges of
one count of burglary. All five were students at Caiiyon High School at the time of the burglaries; one of the 15-yeai -olds since transferred to a school in San Marcos.
An initial arson investigation into a trash can fire at the school gymnasium Aug. 8 revealed the gym had been vandalized and burglarized. Fire investigators worked almost three weeks interviewing witnesses and suspects. With the help of New Braunfels Police Department, the investigators made the arrests after a search of one of the
See ARSON, Page 9A
SEN. EDWARD M. KENNEDY, 1932-2009During 47 years in Senate, High School Bible claSSCS slow tO Start
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WASHINGTON—In an era of bitter poUti-cal diviston, Sea Edward M. Kennedy's death silenced a singular voice of bipartisanship at a time when colleagues are struggling with angry constituents and each other over an elusive plan to overhaul the nation's health care system.
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Lack of student interest is keeping some Comal County high schools from obeying a mandate to offer study of the Bible as an elective.
The course was ofifered this year at Canyon High School, but few students signed up.
'We offered it but we didnt have enough students to make (a df^s)," Canyon Sdiod Prim^ Brad Brwmi said. So the 8dHx>l cancdfed thed^
According to the miUKlate» Canyon High School is still obe^g the law since they (^teredthedassandstuc^ts
But next semester and every semester fi-om now on, the school will be required to offer the Bible elective again in accordance with the mandate.
This is the first school year since a new state law, House Bill 1287, went into effect.
Texas lawmakers passed HB 1287 which requires all Texas public high schools to offer "elective courses on the Bible's Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and New Testament and their impact on the history and literature of Western civilization," for grades nine and up.
The bill goes on to high
light some of the goals of such a course, dting the need to "teach students Imowledge of biblical content, characters, poetry, and narratives that are prerequisites to understanding contemporary society and culture, including literature, art, music, mores, oratory and public policy."
If schools do not want to offer the Bible electee, they have a second option, according to Suzanne Marchman, spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency.See B»LE, Page 9A
This book, being used by the New Braunfels School District, is an example of a textbook for the class.
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